Friday, March 24, 2017

Blush(ing) Beauty

TGIF friends! I'm so excited it's finally Friday!

I'm finishing up quite a bit of work today and preparing for a relaxing yet productive weekend. I have some fun posts coming next week that I can't wait to share with all of you. Normally on Saturday or Sunday, Justin will help me take three - six outfit shoots so on Friday's I always plan them out and hang them together with accessories and lipstick. It's a lot of fun putting everything together!

Today's post is a two for one - beauty AND style! I'm absolutely blushing over this amazing Ellie Off The Shoulder Dress by Tobi that is perfect for spring and summer. The off the shoulder trend is here to stay, at least for a long while, and I'm totally on board. I paired my dress with a gorgeous (and affordable) gold layered necklace and my new fav fab tortoise sunnies. My blush espadrilles are incredibly comfy and extremely versatile for dresses, skinny jeans, white pants, shorts, etc. 

To wear with the Ellie Off The Shoulder Dress I've included some fantastic light pink makeup products and the BEST smelling candle I've ever owned. Seriously, it's a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I purchased this perfume many months ago and fell head over heels for the berry infused scent. Both the powder and stick highlighter add just the right amount of sheen to the skin and create a beautiful iridescence. The mascara is one of the most popular among bloggers and YouTubbers and trust me, try it for yourself! Lastly, the light pink blush is perfect for fair - medium skin tones and I like to layer it over a matte pink blush for extra dimension.

Make sure to check out all of the amazing styles Tobi has to offer and have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tropic Tonic + Palm Print

Crossbody Bag // Earrings //  Lipstick (Tropic Tonic) & Lip Liner (Lasting Sensation)

Hello, hello! 

I am sooo excited to share today's outfit because I've never owned anything like it. This crop top and shorts from Tobi are literally the perfect pairing for spring, summer, and an upcoming vacation I have to the beach. I'm absolutely loving the palm print and the combo of colors. And the cut of the shorts and top keep it appropriate even though it shows some skin. I paired them with a pair of wooden heeled wedges that are under $50! I can't believe they are still available because I purchased mine over two years ago. My sunglasses are a new favorite as you've probably guessed by the number of times I've posted them the past two weeks. I'm loving the rounded shape and the tortoise coloring. And last, but definitely not least, I'm wearing one of my new fav bright lip shades. I purchased it to wear in Las Vegas with my black bikini but ended up lovinggg it with this outfit because it feels oh. so. tropical

Have a lovely Wednesday!


Monday, March 20, 2017

How To Stress Less About Travel

Hello, and Good Monday Morning! 

I feel like I'm finally coming out of my Vegas coma, as I have been sooo tired since coming home. I actually took it really easy during my trip so that I could enjoy each and every moment, but the staying up until all hours of the early morning and then cramming in a few hours of sleep really did wonders on my body. I was thinking about my trip and thought it might be helpful to do a post about How To Stress Less When You Travel. For some reason, planning and packing for Vegas was harder than any other trip I've ever taken. I think it's because there was so much hype behind the location and also the fact I'd never been before and didn't want to be ill prepared. I definitely overpacked and will follow-up this post with one on What to Pack for Vegas.

My casual outfit above was what I wore on the plane and I loved it so much I just had to share. I was so ridiculously excited to find these jeans because they are less than $30 and I didn't have to alter them at all (I'm 5'2" and always wear a 3-4 inch wedge with my flared jeans). My swing tee is another awesome find at less than $30. It's so comfortable and cute with high waisted pants/shorts that I ended up buying it in both colors. For my lips, I've been lovinggg a bright pop of color and this hot pink is a new favorite. At first, I felt uncomfortable but it quickly grew on me and I'm sure will be making quite a few appearances on the blog. My wedges are old but I linked a similar pair under $50 above and below.

Now onto my tips for keeping stress and anxiety low when traveling. 

Research the weather. Step one, check the weather. Before I start planning any outfits or activities I always check the weather of my destination. If it's more than 10 days prior I'll look at the average yearly temps. If it is 10 days prior, you'll get a more accurate prediction. I do suggest checking daily, though. A day before I left the Vegas temps went up 10 degrees and I threw all of the jackets and layers out of my suitcase. Even if it is HOT where you're going, it's always nice to pack a light sweater or cardigan because you never know and the airport/flight may be freezing cold. 

Request an itinerary. I know a boys trip is probably different, but us gals usually have an extensive list of things we want to do (or not do) while we are away. Thankfully, some of the girls I was traveling with planned the whole trip so I was able, for the first time, to just show up. But it was super helpful because a lot of the places we went to eat had pretty stringent dress codes and I was able to figure out how many outfit changes I would have per day. I mean, it was Vegas, so there were always two or three hah! 

Plan before you pack. After I know what I'll be doing on my trip, I like to put all of my outfits together on my hanging rack. I'm very visual and it helps me to see what pieces can go together in multiple ways, helping me to pack less. Plus, if I pull everything I'll need out of my closet/drawers, I won't be tempted to wear it and then have to wash it right before I leave. Sometimes I'll even make a checklist of everything I need and before I leave will go through it and check all of the items off. When I was younger my mom used to ask me verbally if I had all of the essentials - clean underwear, glasses, contacts, pj's, etc. I asked Justin to do this before I left for LV and he looked so confused. He said, "Ughh...clothes?" hahah... 

Start packing early. My biggest piece of advice is to pack early. There's nothing worse than waiting until the night before and realizing you've forgotten to buy something or that all of your stuff won't fit in your suitcase. I've actually never waited until the night before to pack for anything because I just know I'll forget something important. I watch a lot of people on Snapchat that pack 30 minutes before they leave the house and it gives me severe anxiety lol. 

Pack and then repack. This is going to sound anal, but once I pack I like to repack (and then repack again). Usually what happens is that I want to take anything and everything and the next day realize that's silly and that realistically it won't all fit. FYI I usually only travel with a carry-on size suitcase. So I'll take everything back out and ask myself if I really need to bring it or if it's just going to take up space. It works for me and I usually pull out quite a few things that would have ended up only weighing me down. 

Keep necessities with you. You never know what will happen when you travel so it's better to be safe than sorry. I always make sure to keep things I can't replace in my carry-on purse. Nice jewelry, my glasses and contact case, some perfume, touch up powder, wisps (the best easy toothbrush invention ever), possibly a change of clothes if you're flying out of the country, my phone and computer charger, and definitely my laptop. I try never to put anything in my checked bag that I would be devastated to lose or that I don't have covered by insurance.  

Take distractions and pray for wifi. The first thing I do when I get to the airport is to buy a magazine or two to keep me busy if I can't get onto my computer or there isn't wifi available on the plane. Ideally, you would buy them ahead of time where there isn't a 50% markup but I sort of feel like it's a travel ritual for me. First stop, airport store for a large water bottle, spearmint gum, and a "gossip" mag. If there is wifi, then definitely pack your phone, tablet, or computer so that you can watch tv or movies on the plane, especially if it's cross country. Justin and I watch tv on an iPad and it really helps to pass the time. 

Pack a snack (pick up water after security). I pack snacks even when I'm not traveling hah. Since you can take food through security I highly recommend bringing breakfast bars, goldfish, teddy grahams, etc. that won't go bad throughout your trip and will tide you over if you end up hungry and in need of food. Plus, food costs two or three times more once you're in the airport. And we all know you won't get anything substantial once you're on your flight. 

Don't wear complicated clothing, shoes, and jewelry to the airport. There's nothing more frustrating than getting stuck behind someone who can't get it together in the security line. Their stuff is disorganized, they forget to take off their shoes, they stand and take their time pulling off their belt, sweater, jacket, jewelry, etc. I feel for people who've never flown but everyone else should know how it goes. I try to wear shoes that easily slip on and off and I never wear any jewelry. If I want to put on jewelry once I'm through security, I'll pack it in a small pouch and wait until I've been wanded down, patted down, rolled through the x-ray know, the basics lol. 

Breathe, travel can get the best of you. At the end of the day, just breathe. Traveling can create some stressful situations and sometimes brings out the worst in people. Always remember there may be a reason fellow travelers and airport employees may be slightly on edge...getting stranded away from family, missing a special event, being tired AND hungry, getting yelled at by travelers that are tired AND hungry etc. etc. etc. Just keep your wits about you and at the end of the day, you can only do so much. If all else fails, take those drink and snack vouchers and watch EllenTube! 

Have a fab Monday guys and gals! Did any of you notice the middle part?! I'm feeling it out!


Friday, March 17, 2017

New Beauty Favorites

Recently, I cleaned out my makeup collection and when I say cleaned out...I CLEANED out. It was rather painful to throw out hundreds of dollars worth of products but they were old and had to go. I researched how long should keep certain types of cosmetics and there were quite a few things I'd been holding on to that I just couldn't justify keeping. On the plus side, it felt wonderful to purge my collection of things I wasn't using. Now I can easily reach for my favorites every morning and feel better about buying new things to fill the holes. Some of the things I was in need of were bright lipsticks, a high-end concealer, a new bronzer, new blush, and lip gloss (I only had two left!). Below you'll find a review of the items I purchased, my initial impression, and why I recommend buying.

KatVonD Lock-It Concealer Creme (L9) I am sooo glad I purchased this new concealer last week before leaving for my trip to Vegas. I finally emptied out all of my high-end concealers and used lots of drugstore options before realizing I wanted more coverage, especially on blemishes. This concealer is amazing at covering redness, darkness and creates a beautiful highlight if you choose to purchase a lighter shade. I also love that the tube is large enough to last quite a while and a little goes a long way. The color range is quite expansive and great for all skin tones. I've never tried a KatVonD product I didn't love. 

MAC Matte Bronze I used to use MAC bronzer religiously and ended up not repurchasing to try other brands and bronzing products. But the other day I was at the MAC counter and rediscovered it when the makeup artist put it on to give my skin some color. It's perfect for contouring because it doesn't contain any shimmer and creates a nice shadow for more defined cheekbones. It also comes at a reasonable price for a higher end product. They also make a darker version for darker skin tones, as I'm usually a fair - medium tone. 

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Oh. Em. Gee. This bronzer may be the best I've ever used. It's incredibly radiant and brings a fantastic amount of color to the skin. It does come at a higher price point but I have to say it's well worth it and the product should last quite a long time. It has a marbled look as it contains a luminous powder and bronzer mixed together. It does have shimmer so I like to layer it on top of my MAC Matte Bronze on my forehead and cheeks (above my contour).  

MAC Mineralize Blush (New Romance) All of MAC's mineralize blushes are amazingly beautiful but this has to be my fav. It's a beautiful peach shade that brings just the right amount of color to the cheeks along with some luminosity. Perfect for spring and summer! It's been my go-to for two weeks now and I'm loving it for everyday where. 

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush (Sunbasque) I've been using this product on top of the mineralize blush right on the center of my cheeks. I use just a little and it helps to bring a little extra color that enhances a sun-kissed, radiant glow. I was shocked at what a difference it makes!

MAC 137 Long Blending Brush I've fallen in love with MAC's goat hair brushes all over again. They are so luxurious and soft and apply makeup effortlessly. This blush brush isn't one I'd ever pick based on the shape, but after having blush applied with it at the makeup counter, I was so impressed I know use this instead of the one I was using for over a year. This one is just so good and works really well with the mineralize blushes.

MAC 135 Large Flat Powder Brush I like to use a bronzer brush for contour and a bronzer brush for all over color. This is the one I've been using for all over color and it goes on just as lovely as it feels. I love it with the Hourglass bronzer, as it picks up just the right amount of product. 

YSL Mon Paris Eau De Parfum This product isn't so new but I wanted to share because I've been using it nonstop for months. I can confidently say it's my favorite perfume of all time and I can see myself repurchasing for years to come. Definitely my signature fragrance! It has a sweet yet slightly sultry scent (I love fruity types of smells). The minute I had it on Justin commented on how good I smelled and I knew it was a winner! 

MAC Eye Brows Crayon (Lingering) I am notorious for not doing my eyebrows. I throw on a sheer coating of clear gel and that's about it! Luckily, I have dark eyebrows and can get away with it. But while at the MAC counter one of the sweetest makeup artists actually sat down with me and taught me some new techniques using this eyebrow liner. I was amazed at what a difference it made and now feel compelled to add some color to my brows each morning. 

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish (Show Gold) This is an absolutely gorgeous highlight with flecks of pink. It's brand new to the MAC line and I had to pick one up in case it's not permanent. It's made to go right onto the tops of the cheeks for just the right amount of shine and dimension. If you hold the product up to the light the color changes from gold to pink and back again, with the same effect on the skin.  

Too Face Better Than Sex Mascara This is my favorite mascara, next to Marc Jacob's Velvet Noir. Lately, I've been loving the combo of both! It gives the lashes such fullness, thickness, and length. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a great overall mascara to add to their collection. Trust me, you'll become addicted!

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet (No. 1) I purchased this lippie while in Vegas with my girlfriend's earlier this week and was shocked how much I liked it. It's a beautiful consistency and I've always wanted to buy something from Burberry's makeup line. This is my perfect kind of nude because it's light and doesn't contain any orange undertones. Keep in mind, it's verrry light so it wouldn't be good on dark skin tones. One of my girlfriend's who is Pakistani tried it on and we giggled at what a difference it made on the two of us! But for those of you with light - medium light skin tones, it has a gorgeous light nude matte finish. 

MAC Matte Lipstick (Candy Yum Yum) + MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencil (Shock Value) How have I not known about Candy Yum Yum?! Apparently, it's a MAC staple and on of their signature colors. It's a vibrant hot pink and I purchased it to wear while on my trip with a pair of black shorts and a white cami. I never wear lip colors other than light pink and nude and ended up absolutely loving the way the bright lip colors brought together an outfit. I always feel out of place, but being in Vegas helped me to feel much more confident since anything goes!

MAC Matte Lipstick (Tropic Tonic) + MAC Lip Pencil (Lasting Sensation) I picked up this lip color with Candy Yum Yum and fell in love with wearing it at the pool. I paired it with a black bikini and bright pink pompom statement earrings. It's an orangey-red that looks awesome with a spray tan, some bronzer, and a peach cheek. It took me out of my comfort zone and I'm so glad I gave it a try!

NARS Lip Gloss (Turkish Delight) I purchased my first tube of Turkish Delight years ago when it originally became "the thing" via Kim Kardashian. Even though it's a lighter pink it looks great on light and dark skin tones since it has such a sheer quality. The only downside is that you have to reapply pretty often, but it's also not sticky or thick. This is a wonderful everyday work lipgloss! 

Bite Beauty Creme Lip Gloss (Pink Pearl) Bite Beauty really got it right with their new prismatic lipglosses. So pretty with glimmers of orange and variations of pink. Definitely, one to add to your collection since I'm not sure they are permanent to the Bite Beauty line. I'm excited to pair it with the Bite Beauty lipstick I already own in Souffle. 

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi Shine Lip Lacquer (Moonglow) Okay, okay, I know how popular Sugar Sugar has been since Jaclyn Hill made it ultra famous, and yes, I own and love it too. But the other day, while perusing Sephora, I noticed a lighter pinky nude in the line. It ended up being Moonglow and I may love it even more. It's a little sheerer than Sugar Sugar and is definitely more pink toned. If you love Sugar Sugar, you'll love this one too and I encourage you to try! 

Tom Ford Lip Color (Nude Vanille) I saved the very best for last! This lipstick is by far my favorite formulation of all time and it's my "perfect" nude. It's ridiculously expensive for a lipstick but I couldn't help but repurchase at the Tom Ford store while I was in Vegas. I try to ration it so that it lasts as long as possible. This one is only my second tube, but there will definitely be many more to come. 

Have a fabulous Friday friends!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

White Eyelet...

White Eyelet Off The Shoulder Top // Distressed Skinny Jeans // Similar Wedges // Tassel Earrings
Pink Aviators // Bronzer // Bright Pink Lipstick (Saint Germain) // Pink Lipgloss (Bountiful) 

Good Morning Friends!

I'm typing today's post from the Las Vegas airport. I'm finally headed home from and have had a fabulous trip! I totally understand now why people say two days in Vegas is plenty haha - we stayed for 4.5 lol. We were able to enjoy the nightlife, hang out at the pool, shop, sightsee, relax, and eat at some outstanding restaurants (where the majority of my money went). I'm super excited to see Heidi girl and Justin today and to take a very long nap. It's back to work tomorrow so I need to get some extra sleep while I can.

For today's post, I wanted to share one of my favorite tops for spring and summer. This white eyelet off the shoulder stunner is perfect for wearing with high-waisted jeans or shorts. And the quality is fantastic! It doesn't move around when you move your arms and I haven't found myself adjusting it as it seems to always stay in place. I paired it with a comfy pair of distressed skinny jeans that are actually on sale under $40. They are only available in a few sizes though so I've linked an equally cute pair by the same brand. FYI I did get my jeans hemmed. My bracelets are from Lily & Laura and give just the right amount of pizzazz and color. I'm hosting a giveaway with them that will start today so make sure to check Instagram tonight! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Perfect Dress For Easter

Good Morning and Hello Monday!

I'm blogging from Vegas today and am having such a fun time seeing the sights, hanging out with my friends, and eating at some amazing restaurants. I'm here for my friend's bachelorette and it's by very first time in sin city! The best part (other than seeing friends) has been getting to play dress up. I've already had the chance to wear bright orange, neon pink, and deep red lipsticks! Originally, I wasn't sure what to bring but so far I've loved each and every outfit I packed. I'll probably put together a "What to Wear in Vegas" soon in case that would be helpful for others to not overpack like I did.

For today's post, I wanted to share the perfect dress for Easter (or any fun spring occasion). I'm also planning on wearing it to a wedding this summer! I absolutely love the light blue color and the lace bell sleeves. It's perfect because it allows you to show a little skin and pairs perfectly with a pump in a bright pop of color. These pink pumps are amazing and incredibly comfortable - I'm really wishing I'd brought them to Vegas! 

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous Monday! I'm off to find some Starbucks (because I haven't had coffee in two whole days since I've been traveling) and help my friends do some shopping!